Dedication, Drive, and Determination are three words that describe this talented racer. His dedication to family, his drive to succeed in all aspects of life, and his determination to not only love his family but to always be there for his friends and teammates; are just a few qualities that stand out after spending time with John Berger.
After 7 years of racing, 6 at Pacific Raceways, this talented racer FINALLY won his very first race! And at ET Finals in Woodburn, OR nonetheless!!!
John Berger is a talent on and off the track. He currently races in the A Street Automotive ET Gold Cup Series in the Super Pro class, but his sights are set higher. Since he began racing, John has had the goal of being a Top Sportsman racer at divisionals. He is currently putting a new motor in his 1990 Chevy Beretta which he hopes will help him achieve that goal.
John’s love of racing has been lifelong. He has always been interested in cars, hot rods, and attended drag races; but he didn’t begin his racing career until 7 years ago. He began closer to home in Yakima, before coming across the mountains to check it out, and Pacific Raceways has been his home track ever since. You won’t find John without his crew though. Always by his side is his beautiful wife, Jodi, and his son, Randy. Randy is his Crew Chief and helped him with his dials, including a last minute change at ET Finals which landed him his first win. John also has tremendous support from his son Nick and Nick’s girlfriend Stephanie, along with so many other family and friends. John is beyond grateful for everyone around him who supports, encourages, and is always there for him and his family.
Although John has been in the semis many times, that elusive “W” was something he was trying to catch. This year, Jodi, Randy and John packed up the trailer and headed south to Woodburn, OR for the ET Bracket Finals. He was excited to be representing the Pacific Pirates and it seemed luck was on his side. Each race was so close and he just kept winning. The car was running great, Randy was making sure his dials were just right, and with Jodi by his side, John finally captured that W and won!
Not only does John love to race cars, he also loves to build them. Have you ever seen Ron Norris’ red car, yep you guessed it, John built that car from scratch. John loves the creative process and getting everything just right which makes his cars quick and tough to beat. If you have a project or are looking for a fabricator, you definitely need to connect with John.
“We have met so many wonderful people who are now friends. The racing community comes together with a common goal and interest, we all want to win. But it’s the connection with others that creates that family atmosphere that keeps us coming back.” John, I couldn’t have said it better myself! We are so lucky to have you as a Pacific Pirate and look forward to watching you soar the leader boards here and cheer you on as you race Top Sportsman at Divisionals!